This session will focus on Leah Clements’s short essay ‘That Other Place,’ and excerpts from Jenn Ashworth’s Notes Made While Falling. Both texts approach insomnia as a result as well as a cause of physical and mental illness, highlighting the link between sleeplessness to creative output.

In ‘That Other Place’, Clements outlines eight thoughts on sleep from personal experience, her own practice, and further research. Founded in a crip and feminist context, the text stems from an excitement at the goodies sleep can hold – from sharing collective dreams to carving out a space of one’s own outside capitalism, and also faces and to a degree embraces some of the horrors of sleep, such as death-likeness, and sleep paralysis.

Part of South Kiosk’s Insomnia exhibition.

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